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December 15, 2014

“I knew he was MY son!” {Ukraine Indigenous Adoption}

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God has been raising up Christian families in Ukraine to help care for orphans in their own country through mentorship, foster care and adoption. For couples like Slavic & Natasha, adoption has become part of their family’s culture as they have brought 5 children into their forever family of 8 through adoption. Eight children who now feel the security and love from a mother and father.  Slavic & Natasha are not only active in caring for orphans inside of their home, but also are very involved with the Constant Christian Presence program within the orphanage walls in Izume.  This family is one of many families in Ukraine who are taking a stand to “empty the orphanages”, collectively giving over 160 children a family to call their own! Special opportunity to support indigenous adoption in Ukraine: Through this year’s Gift’s of Purpose catalog, you can help families like Slavic & Natasha make … Continue reading

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December 12, 2014

The Puzzle Piece We Didn’t Know Was Missing {Family Friday}

In May of 2013 my husband and I received a phone call from a friend asking if we would be interested in pursuing a private adoption with a couple who was pregnant with a baby girl due in November 2013. We were elated and blown away that God was opening the doors for us to adopt again and provide a sibling for our (then) 3 year old son, Gavin. We made preparations, shared our news with family and friends and began excitedly purchasing baby girl items. But a few weeks before the birth mom’s due date, she abruptly stopped communicating with us and we never heard from her again. We could only assume she chose to parent, yet we were heartbroken. I spent many nights that early winter crying out to God and asking Him where He was in this. Why would He have set my heart upon a little … Continue reading

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December 10, 2014

Abraham Needs Your Help!

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GIVE the gift of…EDUCATION. Abraham, just starting his 8th grade year, is hopeful, not only for himself, but for his classmates, a high school will be built to provide secondary education at the Lifesong School in Ethiopia.  Last year, because a high school wasn’t built yet, the students entering the ninth grade attended other schools in Ziway, and described the chaotic environment as “hard to learn”. Plans to build a high school are in the works and funding is almost at 50% to ensure ALL students will have the opportunity to receive a quality education, 2 nutritious meals each day in a safe learning environment enabling a hopeful future! Will you come alongside students like Abraham to ensure a high school is built for him & his classmates?  $228 provides tuition & supplies for 1 student for 1 year>>$665 supports 1 classroom for 1 month>>     Until December 31st, … Continue reading

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December 8, 2014

Christmas Gifts that Give Back

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The GoExchange In our interconnected world, many struggling moms among the extreme poor abandon their children because they have no job and no opportunity. They have lost all hope and cannot bear another day of watching their children suffer. Many of you have the heart to help. The GO Exchange connects the dots through uplifting fashion. We help local makers in Haiti and East Africa create beautiful products that our buyers love.  You enjoy the gorgeous work of their hands in your everyday lives, and bless their families with dignity.  You wear their value! In the process, families on both sides change. In our hearts, we believe the local makers, Ambassadors and the products of The GO Exchange are Wonderfully Made, reflecting the image and creativity of God. MudLOVE In an attempt to deny self, MudLOVE was built on the idea of giving back. Starting with nothing more than an old stamp set, a … Continue reading

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December 5, 2014

Gethsemane – Where Healing Begins

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Thanks to so many of you for following along last month as we heard from various adoptive moms on very real adoption issues. Because of the overwhelming response, our hope is to continue allowing this blog to be a platform for hearts to be shared, understood and heard. Please read along again this week as adoptive mother, Elianah Bede, shares the struggles faced when opening their home to a hurting older child and how God is teaching her through it… “I sat on the hallway floor in the dark, hugging my knees which were pulled tight against my chest, sobbing, and begging God to intervene.  It was after midnight, and the noise of the raging coming from my son’s bedroom seemed to drown out my prayer.   It was my husband’s turn to try to calm our son, so I sat alone in the hallway.  This night was just one more … Continue reading

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December 3, 2014

Outside the Walls Breaks $500,000 in 2014!

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We can’t help but share our excitement as we rejoice in thankfulness for the $500,000+ of adoption funding given by fund partners to Christian families by reaching Outside the Walls this year! As many of you know, Outside the Walls is a growing group of our Adoption Funds willing to help meet the financial needs of adoptive families “outside the walls” of their local church, community, and even state!  Since inception, Outside the Walls has partnered with 56 Adoption Funds to help 553 families, giving over $2,000,000 in grants and loans from a beautiful heart of adoption! Join us in blessing and thanking God for taking care of these forever families through our generous Adoption Funds! If you are interested in learning more about Outside the Walls, feel free to visit our website.

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December 1, 2014

Your Gift Multiplied x4! {Giving Tuesday ONLY}

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Join us for #GivingTuesday! We hear and see the deals of Black Friday for weeks leading up to the big buying-day. And if we don’t want to fight the crowds, we can always hit Cyber Monday a few days later, right? After all the steal-of-a-deals, purchases, check-out lines, and virtual and actual shopping carts, we invite you to join us in celebrating generosity on Giving Tuesday (December 2nd), a day that has become a global day to “give back”.  Make an online donation to Lifesong on #GivingTuesday and your gift will be matched…TWICE. That’s right. Twice! What exactly does that mean? That means your gift of $100, becomes $200…and then $400…multiplying your gift x4!! Your gift will help bring joy & purpose to orphans around the world! Ways to Give MAIL: Send payment to:Lifesong for OrphansAttn: GivingTuesdayPO Box 40Gridley, IL 61744 Make checks payable to:  Lifesong for Orphans (memo: #GivingTuesday) … Continue reading

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